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Worst tight end DFS plays for Week 8

The consensus #1, #2, and #3 tight ends coming into 2019 all make the “do not start” list this week.

Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at Empower Field at Mile High on October 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

If you’re a DFS player, you know that a successful lineup has to have a solid combination of big-name star power players that are known commodities with a few high-upside players that provide a little more bang for your buck.

If you pay up for a big name in your daily fantasy lineup, you definitely cannot afford for that player to put up a dud of a game in your lineup.

So here are three tight ends that will likely provide some of the worst value for Week 8. Values from DraftKings.

Travis Kelce (KC) - $7,200

Travis Kelce is an elite tight end, but the quarterback likely throwing him the ball this week is far from “elite.” With Patrick Mahomes likely to sit out at least one week with an injured knee, Matt Moore - who was out of football for all of 2018 and was working as a scout this past off-season - will be under center for Kansas City. Andy Reid is a great offensive coach and will likely prepare an excellent game plan, but it will likely be more like his time with Alex Smith utilizing short passes and the running game rather than the high-flying Mahomes-led offense.

George Kittle (SF) - $6,500

The San Francisco passing attack has been the one area of concern for the undefeated 49ers so far this season, and Kittle has failed to live up to expectations after a monstrous 2018. He’s caught over 70 yards once in 2019 and scored only a single touchdown this year. He’s still getting a fair share of targets (10 last week against Washington), so the addition of Emmanuel Sanders doesn’t appear to be one that would help improve Kittle’s numbers. Against a tough defense in the Carolina Panthers, Kittle isn’t worth the price tag associated with the second-most expensive tight end this week.

Zach Ertz (PHI) - $5,100

Speaking of under-performing tight ends, look no further than Zach Ertz of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Philadelphia passing attack has struggled at times in 2019, and it will likely continue to do so for at least another week as they face off against the Buffalo Bills in upstate New York. The Bills are the NFL’s best at defending opposing tight ends, so if the Eagles want to grind out a win, it will likely be Ertz’s blocking, not his pass-catching.

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